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June, 2009

  1. You Know I Couldn’t Resist

    June 29, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    (Wearing my one-day-old boots to work today!!)

    Today:
    • Isaac Mizrahi dress ($20 at Target); I wore this as my wedding getaway dress
    • New/thrifted boots ($25 at Last Chance in Decatur)
    • Pendant necklace with multistrand black beads (Gifted by Mb when she was downsizing her costume jewelry collection)
    • (Not pictured) Armani Exchange blazer shown here

  2. Two of My Favorite Things: Eating and Thrifting

    June 27, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    It’s only 5:30 on Saturday afternoon — and it’s already been a great weekend!
    The husband and I started out our Saturday with a family brunch meet up at Wahoo Decatur Grill. Our party of seven arrived at 11am, just as the doors were opening. If you haven’t been to Wahoo for brunch — or dinner for that matter — I encourage you to. Great ambiance, interesting menu and solid service.
    Here are a few entrees we enjoyed:

    French toast with fresh fruit and sausage links
    Salmon — with citrus glaze — special entree
    (Paul swapped out the basmati rice for fries)
    Mmm… salmon eggs benedict with white cheddar grits

    With great choices from both the brunch and regular menus (plus a few brunch-time cocktails), all our diners left more than satisfied. I think the fan favorites were the salmon eggs benedict and the breakfast burrito (not pictured). The mimosas were especially tasty, too. Thanks for treating us, Dad and Susan!

    Then I was on to my favorite weekend sport: THRIFTING! Plus, Paul was in town and eager to check out the new Decatur Last Chance location. 
    Oh, Paul.
    Last Chance in Decatur: new location, same great finds
    Last Chance moved last month from it’s long-time post in Patel Brothers Grocery Plaza on Church Street. While I felt the new, smaller location (on North Decatur and Scott Boulevard) was cleaner and better organized, Paul missed the feel of the old place. In its new home, however, the second-hand deals are still alive and well. I was about five minutes too late to check out the shoes, as another shopper had just snapped up a pair of size 9, black snakeskin cowboy boots. When I complimented her find, she asked me my shoe size (usually 8.5) and told me she has a pair of slightly too small black cowboy boots at home — and asked if I was interested in them. I gave her my e-mail address and have my fingers crossed (e-mail me, Jenny!).
    While I usually don’t try on pants (too much variation in waist sizes, lengths, fits, etc., that it’s usually a poor use of time to try them on), I decided to take about 10 pairs with me to the fitting room. The odds were against me, but I managed to find a pair of great indigo-washed cropped jeans from Banana. Perfect fit! Score. I also settled on a lightweight, white button-up that I can wear with fun belts or over dresses. Double score.
    I had high hopes for this corduroy jacket and Michael Kors jeans… 
    both were failures (unless I want to moonlight as a nerdy/casual Literature professor)
    Paul, the photographer.
    Banana Republic jeans at Last Chance
    But the best was yet to come. Just when I thought my cowboy boot moment had passed, I spotted a pair of grey and cream-colored roper boots behind the counter, among the “premium” shoes. When the sales gal told me they were a size 7, my heart sunk. Regardless, I asked to try them on, hoping they were a men’s or boy’s size 7… and my hoping paid off. This sweet pair of boots fit great… AHHH! Awesome.
    The boots. Yay! 
    What an awesome surprise to find the tags still on these things ($24.99 for me).
    After Last Chance, we hit up the Goodwill on Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn (near the largest Hindu temple outside of India). This is where Paul hit the jackpot. He picked up two Polo shirts, an Izod polo-style shirt and a killer pair of navy corduroy Polo shorts. I snagged a purple boutique-style dress (tags on) that will be unveiled after it gets a minor nip/tuck at Sunny’s alterations. 
    Group shot of the goods: brand-spankin-new genuine snakeskin boots by Laredo ($24.99), 
    Banana Republic jeans ($8.99), Pop Icon button-up ($6.99): $43.84
    Good food, family, friends… and awesome thrift finds. If only every Saturday could be like this…

  3. Birthday Jewelry

    June 25, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    If anyone loves funky clothes and jewelry as much as I do, it’s Mb. I favor necklaces and rings; she has a thing for brooches and bangles.
    So in preparation for Mb’s quarter-of-a-century birthday celebration, I hit the town (Northlake and Brookhaven/Buford Highway Goodwills) looking for fun and funky accessories that fit her fabulous and outgoing personality. I couldn’t resist also getting her an interesting elephant pendant necklace and a set of lucite costume beads. Here’s what I ended up with:


    Mb’s jewelry grab bag birthday gift
    Leaf, pig and bull brooches 
    to spice up my friend’s work suits

    African-inspired necklace (up close)
    Mb wore the elephant necklace out on Friday night and plans to bust out some of the pins this week. I hope she enjoys! I’m not going to lie… I almost kept the bull brooch and the elephant necklace.

  4. DC vintage shopping + outfit post

    June 24, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    Today’s post is dedicated to my friend Mb, who I visited this past weekend… and happy birthday, my dear!

    I had the greatest time in DC this past weekend! I stayed Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with my friend Mb. She lives in Chinatown in DC proper, convenient to the metro and to all the cool parts of town. 
    After sleeping off sushi, red wine and martinis from the night before (mmm Oya was delish), we ventured out to Adams Morgan to hit up the DC Vintage scene. I’d read in the DC Goodwill Fashion Blog that DC has quite a few awesome secondhand shops. With Mb and her friend Lauren in tow, I was destined to find good things and enjoy every minute of the journey.
    I have to say that our 45 minutes or so at Mercedes Bien was one of the highlights of the weekend. I enjoyed trying on various pieces (ranging from a polka dot jumpsuit to a belted, mod print dress) and watching Mb and Lauren sift through cool threads. I showed the sales girl photos from my blog and she couldn’t believe what great stuff I’ve found on my home turf. Then somehow, I got into a favorite blogs conversation with a customer (Ginger of Booshie Design) and was asked to write down my favorite style blogs for the sales girl and for Ginger. (Shout outs to the AsianCajuns, Sally Jane Vintage and Love… Maegan.) Talking with them was a lot of fun. Later, we got to meet Mercedes herself — talk about fabulous. She was an incredible, eclectic, interesting, stylish character. 


    All photos taken at Mercedes Bien in Adams Morgan (DC)
    The selection at Mercedes Bien is very well thought out and interesting. If I had big money to burn, I definitely would have bought vintage jewelry, dresses, sunglasses and shoes galore. Regardless, I was happy with my final purchase; I ended up snagging a mod-looking, black, elastic belt with a silver buckle ($18). Mb picked up a fantastic, vintage, green, belted skirt ($42).
    Mb’s new skirt is much like this one but dark green with a built-in belt… awesome 
    (photo seen here on the Green Lashes and Fashion blog)
    Our time at Mercedes Bien and Meeps also reminded me how great the Atlanta thrifting scene is. I’m pretty sure that many of the items I’ve found for $3 to $7 at my local Goodwills would retail for $50-plus at Mercedes Bien. (On that note, maybe I should see if I could become a remote buyer…)
    Meeps was also a lot of fun (and slightly less expensive) but I found the items slightly less glamorous and more costume-y. If you’re looking for vintage t-shirts, funky pants and more casual wear, definitely check out Meeps. 
    I came home to Atlanta with one other “new” item in my suitcase — a pair of cranberry-colored, peep toe, platform pumps that were too small for my dear friend. Her slightly larger foot is my gain (LOVE these shoes – thanks lady!). So last night, when I saw a girl walking into the gym wearing a pencil skirt, I felt inspired. I realized my pencil skirt needed to be dusted off — and it would be a great match for my “new” slingback pumps and elastic belt.
    Can you tell that I feel like a goofball?
    So, today:
    • Express pencil skirt with Leopard-print lining 
    • Classic white t-shirt (thrifted – $3)
    • Nine West pumps mentioned above (gifted from Mb)
    • Mod stretch belt ($18 at Mercedes Bien)

  5. Latest Goodwill Find — Eccentric Italian Belt

    June 23, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    I’m fully aware that this belt isn’t right for my outfit today — I just couldn’t put off wearing it any longer and I couldn’t find a better top in my closet this morning (bought this top at Gap for 75% off back in the fall). Ideally I’ll wear this with a white tunic-style top (like the one Maegan’s wearing here or an oversized button-up like she’s wearing here — but not in animal print – ha.)
    I picked up this “Extrovert” Italian belt at the LaVista Road (i.e. Northlake) Goodwill in Tucker last weekend when I was out shopping for my good friend Mb’s birthday. (I’ll post her birthday goodies later this week). I really lucked out on this trip, as I didn’t notice the genuine leather belt hanging behind the counter — but the woman in front of me did. As she was trying it on, the cashier proclaimed it was half off today… and would ring up for $2.16. 
    Fortunately for me, it was too small for the lady ahead of me in line — so I snagged it. I love the gold buckle and the triangle-shaped buckles on the sides. And for $2.16!!! Let’s not forget that part. 
    I’m sure you’ll be seeing this belt make an appearance again soon. :)